Ensemble Placement Auditions

All incoming and returning students will audition in the fall for ensembles and ensemble placement. Beginning Friday, August 23, audition requirements and sign-up sheets for all auditions will be on the bulletin board outside of the School of Music Office, Music Bldg., Room 111. Audition slots fill quickly, so those who sign up earlier rather than later will have a broader selection of times.

String Auditions: Symphony Orchestra

Audition required: Tues., Sept. 3 (first day of classes), 1-7 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall.

The audition consists of excerpts chosen by the conductor as well as a five-minute selection of your choice from your solo repertoire.  

String Excerpts: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Auditions

Audition required: Wed., Aug. 28 (WHITE orientation group), or Fri., Aug. 30 (MAROON orientation group), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mus Rm 220.

The auditions for woodwind and brass instruments consist of a prepared solo of your choice, chromatic scale demonstrating the range of your instrument, and sight-reading.

Auditions for percussion will take place Sun., Sept. 1, 7-9:30 p.m., following a mandatory percussion meeting at 6 p.m. in Mus Rm L1.  Please note: Percussionists should also plan to sign up for a time slot on the “woodwinds and brass” audition sign-up sheet (taking place on either Wed., Aug. 28, or Fri., Aug. 30) to speak with Professor Morris one-on-one.

WIND ENSEMBLE: The audition will consist of three required solos: one each on snare drum, timpani and marimba. 

Percussion excerpts: mallets, snare drum, timpani.  Sight reading will also be required.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Audition required. Orchestra placements will be determined by the Wind Ensemble audition.

Concert Band does not require an audition. The first rehearsal/orientation is Wed., Sept. 4 at 5:45 p.m. in Mus Rm L1.

Jazz Band

Audition required: Wed., Aug. 28 (WHITE orientation group), or Fri., Aug. 30 (MAROON orientation group), 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Mus Rm L1.

The audition consists of two contrasting excerpts, one fast and one slow, in jazz style. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability.

Auditions for Choral Ensembles and Opera Scenes

Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, Voci d'Amici:
Audition required: Wed., Aug. 28 (WHITE orientation group), or Fri., Aug. 30 (MAROON orientation group), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mus Rm L6.

Please bring a prepared solo (art song, hymn, aria, folk song) if you have one. If you do not have a prepared solo there will be sample patriotic songs and hymns available to sing at the audition. Auditions are required for membership in Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, and Voci d'Amici.

Chorale does not require an audition. The first rehearsal is Tues., Sept. 3 at 3:30pm in Mus Rm L6.

Opera Scenes production:  Auditions for opera scenes will take place on Friday, November 1. The rehearsals for An Evening of Opera Scenes will begin in the Spring term (TBA); the performance dates are April 4 & 5, 7:30 p.m.